The 24-hour hotline is 1-866-ENDHARM, or 1-866-363-4276
Frequently asked questions
What is the telephone number for state Child Protective Services?
How does someone report child abuse?
You can report concerns to:
- Your local law enforcement agency by calling 9-1-1
- Child Protective Services by calling the hotline at 1-866-ENDHARM, or 1-866-363-4276. CPS is a division of Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Does the CJC get a copy of a report filed with police or Child Protective Services?
Yes. Generally, about three working days are needed for a report filed with police or CPS to reach the Children's Justice Center. When a CJC investigator assigned to the case is ready to conduct interviews, he or she will contact the reporting person.
How can I get a copy of the reports and documents associated with my case?
Copies of case reports must be obtained from the law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction where the incident occurred. Please check with the Clark County Sheriff's Office, Vancouver Police Department or another appropriate agency. Children's Justice Center is not a report retention agency.
How can I learn the status of a case?
On average, an investigation is completed approximately 30 days after a case is received at the Children's Justice Center and an investigator is assigned.
After that, the report will be sent to a CJC deputy prosecuting attorney, who will make a filing decision within about 15 days.
The easiest way to check the status of a case is to contact the assigned YWCA volunteer advocate. If an advocate has not been assigned, you can call the CJC at (360) 397-6002.
How can I get updated about my request for financial assistance from the Crime Victim's Compensation fund?
Please contact the Crime Victim's Compensation Office in Olympia. The toll free number is 1 (800) 762-3716.
This issue is not within the Children's Justice Center's jurisdiction.
If a suspect will be released from jail, what can concerned or fearful family members or reporting parties do?
The state Department of Corrections Victim Witness Notification Unit at 1 (800) 322-2201 will have the best information to answer those concerns.
What are signs of possible sexual abuse?
In young children:
- Bed wetting
- Inappropriate sexual knowledge
- Aggressive behavior
In older children:
- Unable to concentrate in school
- Drop in grades
- Self-destructive behaviors
- Comments about suicide
- Poor peer relations
- Eating disorders